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Obama Wrong on His Own Iraq Positions

9:44 PM, Oct 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The New York Times corrects President Barack Obama: 

"President Obama suggested that Mr. Romney was mistaken in seeking to keep 10,000 American troops in Iraq. But the Obama administration initially sought to do just that — and ultimately never managed to negotiate an agreement to allow any American troops in Iraq.

"Mr. Obama sought to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement that would have allowed United States troops to stay in Iraq after 2011. Initially, the Obama administration was prepared to keep up to 10,000 troops in Iraq. Later, the Obama administration lowered the figure to about 5,000 troops  — some 3,500 of which would be continuously based in the country while the remainder would periodically be rotated through. The role of the American forces would be to train Iraqi troops, patrol Iraq’s skies and help Iraqi commandos fight Al Qaeda.

"Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki indicated  that he might be willing to work out an agreement to allow some American troops to stay. But the Iraqis did not agree to an American demand that such an agreement be submitted to their parliament for approval, a step the Obama administration insisted was needed to ensure that any American troops that stayed would be immune from prosecution under Iraqi law."

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